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Wydad Coach: Why I Played Chikatara In Super Cup Vs TP Mazembe

Wydad Coach: Why I Played Chikatara In Super Cup Vs TP Mazembe

By Adeboye Amosu: Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco head coach Faouzi Benzarti has defended the decision to hand Nigerian striker Chisom Chikatara a starting berth in Saturday’s CAF Super Cup win against Congo Democratic Republic’s TP Mazembe, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Chikatara has endured a difficult time at the African champions since his switch from Nigeria Professional Football League club Abia Warriors in 2016.

The 23-year-old has been hampered by a combination of injuries and loss of form and has rarely featured for the Casablanca club.

He was however handed a starting place by the new coach for the clash against the CAF Confederation Cup holders.

“Chikatara (Chisom) is a good player and during training in the week he showed so much quality and progress. It is my choice to field a particular player or the other,” Benzarti stated during his post-match conference.

“The team will have to be strengthened if we want to retain the CAF Champions League. Each team has one big or two players, who can make a difference in a game. But if I don’t have such a player(s), I will make do with what I have and will try to improve on their abilities.

“I have been in charge for a month, but I have received positive feedback from the players. Some key players have left and I will have to make do with the existing ones.

“Naturally, we have to improve what we have and I must say that I’m happy with the defensive level of the team against a team like TP Mazembe.

“It is always not easy to win against a team of the calibre of Mazembe. There is no reason why we can’t retain the CAF Champions League.”

Wydad won the game courtesy of Amin Thigazaoui’s late free-kick. It was the first time they will be lifting the Super Cup title after two failed attempts.

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